This article originally appeared on KJZZ. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — The Utah Senate has passed a bill which protects gravel pits and mining businesses from local interference. Originally failing in the House, H.B. 288 bounced back to the Utah Senate, where it was amended and passed late Thursday night. The Utah
The rise and fall and rise of a controversial gravel-mine protection bill hated by Utah’s clean-air activists
This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. A controversial gravel-mining protection bill that easily passed the House about halfway through the 2019 Legislature disappeared for weeks only to arise from the pit on the last day of the session and pass the Senate with amendments. That evening,
This article originally appeared on Fox 13. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — What just happened? The Utah State Legislature just happened! Hard to believe it was 45 days ago that lawmakers opened the 2019 legislative session to protests over their plans to replace Proposition 3, the voter-approved Medicaid-expansion ballot initiative.
This article originally appeared on KUTV 2. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — (KUTV) — A new Utah House bill proposes expansion of the powers of the newly formed port authority, sponsored by the lawmaker appointed to the Inland Port Authority Board by Gov. Gary Herbert. Rep. Francis D. Gibson, a Republican
Rural Utah counties seek a slice of the state’s inland port development, while a new bill in the Legislature reignites concerns by Salt Lake City
This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. While many Salt Lake City residents have expressed opposition to the inland port, a massive development planned for the city’s westernmost side, a number of rural counties approached the board overseeing the area’s development with a different outlook on Wednesday.
This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Water. It’s a hot topic in our dry, desert state. It’s been politicized, debated and disputed for countless years. The one thing it hasn’t been: researched. At least not properly. Living beneath the weight of the constant threat of drought, Utah’s residents are no strangers to the
Last night, I didn’t fall asleep until 3:30 am. If you ask any of my colleagues at work, they’ll let you know this is definitely a common occurrence for me. I often show up to work looking like I haven’t slept in weeks. I’m a night owl — I prefer staying up late and sleeping
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Oftentimes (read: everyday), the news reminds us of the not-so-lovely things happening in the world. The news is tough to read, but it’s important to be aware of potential nuclear war, debates on healthcare, attacks on public lands, and every other political topic. Political decisions dramatically impact people’s lives, so, despite the negativity, these matters
As I write this blog post I am sitting on a plastic chair, typing on plastic keys. Earlier, I ate food from a plastic tupperware, drank from a plastic Nalgene bottle, and ate an apple — after peeling off the plastic produce sticker. I listened to music with plastic headphones and looked at my phone,
The polluting power of coal has been widely stated: burning coal produces smog, causes acid rain, contributes to climate change and contaminates water supplies. But these common facts overlook the impact of another major harmful coal byproduct: coal ash. By nature, all coal contains a certain amount of radioactive and toxic materials. As coal is